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Why Don't Animals Get Schizophrenia (and How Come We Do)?

Why Don't Animals Get Schizophrenia (and How Come We Do)? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Research suggest an evolutionary link between the disorder and what makes us human
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The price our species pays for the complexity of the human brain may well be the disorders of mind.

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New light shed on emotional fear

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Bad experiences and unpleasant events can remain etched into the brain for a person’s entire life. A new study has identified the brain processes at work that enable ‘bad thoughts’ to remain.
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While the writing in this piece is poorly done, the essential information is fascinating. Small though it is, the amygdala plays such a powerful role in emotional development. From my own history of PTSD I can certainly understand why this is important research. Now can it lead to treatment?

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The Neuroscience of Near-Death Experiences

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When people report having profound out-of-body experiences during close brushes with death, skeptics often attribute it to physiological and psychological factors.

Robert Mays, who has studied near-death experiences (NDEs) for some 30 years, looked at some of these factors during a talk at the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) 2014 Conference in Newport Beach, Calif., on Aug. 29.

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I know that at the end of her life my mother, who was suffering severe dementia, suddenly asked my permission to "go home." It was clear that she meant she needed my permission to die, which I granted. Two days later, she was gone. Why my permission, not my father's or my brothers? Well, that is a story I now think I understand, but one which I am hesitant to share. At any rate, she was for the moment lucid, perhaps in some ways more lucid than she had ever been during my life.

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Make love, not war! Scientists discover brain cells that make you want either fight or have sex

Make love, not war! Scientists discover brain cells that make you want either fight or have sex | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

The fight or flight response is well known, but now scientists have discovered brain cells that control the desire to fight – and mate.

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This is great neuroscience.

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Adulthood begins at 25, says new research

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“Kidults” could be a better term for those in their twenties, according to research which suggests that people do not become adults until about 25.

The adolescent desires of sensation-seeking and novelty in the brain increase as individuals leave home and fend for themselves, Beatriz Luna, a psychiatrist the Pittsburgh School of Medicine, believes.

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I don't care; I'm staying six forever and ever more. Meanwhile, this is interesting stuff if you like neurology.

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Readying the neural network: Study examines extrasynaptic neurotransmitter receptors - PsyPost

Readying the neural network: Study examines extrasynaptic neurotransmitter receptors - PsyPost | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Synapse, the name for the signal-receiving site on a neuron, comes from the Greek word for contact. Neuroscientists used to maintain that neurons form one- ...
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This is one of those that makes sense moments I love when reading about neurology and psychology. Changing the membrane potential to allow firing. Neuro-readiness defined.

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Scientists find new clues to brain's wiring

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New research provides an intriguing glimpse into the processes that establish connections between nerve cells in the brain. These connections, or synapses, allow nerve cells to transmit and process information involved in thinking and moving the body.
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Always good to know that neuroscience is moving forward. I wonder if I would have gone into psychology if it had all this hard science available back then. Maybe, I would have gone directly to writing books. I like personality and behavior more than I like neuroscience. But I do love learning this stuff.

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